George R.R. Martin Reveals More About Game of Thrones Prequel Series: No Lannisters But Starks Are Around


In case you forgot, Game of Thrones officially ended. Season eight was it. It’s not coming back. But, we have a prequel series coming up that is slowly coming together, though; we still don’t know much. As previously released, the series will take place about 5,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones. So, kiss the idea of seeing any of your favorite characters pop up goodbye. Westeros is a different place at this time and we will witness the epic confrontation with the White Walkers, which is known as The Long Night.

On top of this knowledge, author and executive producer George R.R. Martin has released some tidbits of information for the prequel series.

The Seven Kingdoms Do Not Exist

One is that Westeros is divided into about 100 different kings in the prequels. Martin explains:

“We talk about the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros; there were Seven Kingdoms at the time of Aegon’s Conquest. But if you go back further then there are nine kingdoms, and 12 kingdoms, and eventually you get back to where there are a hundred kingdoms — petty kingdoms — and that’s the era we’re talking about here.”

The Pack Lives On

The second fact is that the Starks and direwolves will be present. Martin says:

“The Starks will definitely be there. Obviously, the White Walkers are here — or as they’re called in my books, The Others — and that will be an aspect of it,” Martin says. “There are things like direwolves and mammoths.”

The Lannisters Do Not Send Their Regards

The Lannisters will not be present. No paying their debts just yet. Instead, we will see the family that occupied Casterly Rock before the Lannisters. Martin states:

“The Lannisters aren’t there yet, but Castlery Rock is certainly there; it’s like the Rock of Gibraltar. It’s actually occupied by the Casterlys — for whom it’s still named after in the time of Game of Thrones.”

This will definitely be interesting.

There Is No One Lead

The cast is an ensemble, rather than having one focused lead:

“I hesitate to use the word ‘lead,’” Martin says. “As you know for Game of Thrones, we never even nominated anybody for lead actress or lead actor [during awards season] until recently; it was always for supporting [categories] because the show is such an ensemble. I think that will be true for this show too. We don’t have leads so much as a large ensemble cast.”

What do you think of the prequel series so far?

Source: EW